SECOND DATE: Two rallies, an inflatable baby balloon and an unsolicited barrage started off President Donald Trump’s second-day U.K. tour in London.
The President’s visit sparked two protests in London: a Stop Trump Rally at Trafalgar Square and the Women’s March at Parliament Square, both taking place through Friday evening. The baby balloon — a 20-foot inflatable blimp of the U.S. President in a diaper — was commissioned by London mayor Sadiq Khan and has become the unofficial mascot of the rallies. It took flight early Friday afternoon and is set to fly across London, leading the demonstrations.
As for the barrage, it preceded Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting at May’s country retreat at Chequers and included comments from Trump that May’s Brexit plan would “kill any trade deal with the U.S.” Trump made those comments in an interview with British tabloid The Sun and has since dismissed them as “fake news.” The two will discuss “substantive bilateral talks on a range of foreign policy issues,” as reported by Downing Street.
Trump Baby Blimp takes flight, Parliament Square, London.
Earlier in the day, the President arrived at Sandhurst, joined by May, where they observed a counterterrorism exercise. In the meantime, their spouses, Melania Trump and Philip May, visited the Royal Chelsea Hospital.